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Other Constitutional Convention Documents

LettersThe delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adopted a rule of secrecy at the start of their deliberations. Accordingly, there was no official transcript of the proceedings of the convention. James Madison's Notes arguably comes closest to there being an official transcript but it is itself incomplete. Other compilations, such as Max Farand's, provide some additional insight but fall far short of what an official transcript would have provided posterity.

Thus lacking a detailed record of the proceedings and their debate we need look elsewhere to gain further understanding of the proceedings and the mindset of the Founders.

The following selection of correspondence from members of the Convention offers a personal view of their thoughts and desires.  Although incomplete, this sample offers a different view of the Convention --one seen thru the lens of their personal letters.

There are additional supplementary documents related to the Convention in this collection

Most of the documents in this collection have been taken from The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911

This collection will grow with time and hopefully provide readers with another way of appreciating the difficulties they encountered and the heights they scaled to bequeath us the Constitution of the United States.